Week of August 24, 2015

We’ve made it through the first few days and are ready to get moving! (Physics humor)

This Week in AP Physics
Please go to our main class webpage and familiarize yourself with the resources there. In particular, please read the AP Physics Course Policies and Procedures document and then print and sign the only last page. (I gave you a copy of this in class that you can use.) This signed page is due by Friday, August 28. On Monday we will continue Unit 1: Newtonian Mechanics – Motion in One Dimension. You will do homeworks 1 & 2 when assigned. We will also get our hands on some lab equipment this week as we perform graphical analysis of uniform and non-uniform motion in our first experiment.

This Week in Physics
Please go to our main class webpage and familiarize yourself with the resources there. In particular, please read the Physics Course Policies and Procedures document and then print and sign the only last page (in black and white.) This signed page is due by Friday, August 28. For Monday please take notes on Motion in One Dimension Podcast 1 – Distance v. Displacement and Motion in One Dimension Podcast 2 – Displacement & Direction. We will work through that material and do some practice problems followed by a quiz as announced. Next, when announced, please take notes on Motion in One Dimension Podcast 3 – Speed vs. Velocity and Motion in One Dimension Podcast 4 – Slope of Position vs. Time Equals Velocity when I assign them. After going over these podcasts we’ll get our hands on some lab equipment by performing our first experiment, the Analysis of Uniform Motion Lab.

Cool Science of the Week
Space research organizations throughout the world are on a search for exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system. We now know of over 2000 exoplanets, but they all have goofy names like OGLE-2012-BLG-0563Lb. The International Astronomical Union is trying to change all that by holding an online naming contest for some of the more prominent planets. Voting runs through October 31, so make your voice heard among the universe!